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Nothing to do with diving - except it means I can't get to any dive sites now!


Car died.  Very hot.  Clouds of grey smoke. The very very nice man at the AA said it was a head gasket.  Ouch.:(

Is this going to require a second mortgage to fix?  Anyone got any ideas whether this is something you can do yourself?  Is it a new engine job?  Can you fit wheels to a valve guard???

Any help gratefully received...

(6 yrs old, Rover 623si, LOTS of miles...)
 

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Cheers Bob.  Fix and flog it is then!  The car was just expensive enough to be worth fixing.  Just.   Is it all Rovers, or any car, where the gasket goes?  And do gaskets "just go", or is there another (expensive) cause somewhere else?

What to get next?  Mundano's are cheap.  I could get an estate I suppose.  Not a purple one, like the one I got from work though!  

Radweld.  Hmmmm....

Doug, I've already thought long and hard about my next dive vehicle and I think I'd get one along the line of Seadart Bob's travelling workshop!  Was it a large tranny Bob?  Can't remember.  But it'll have all the gear in it, and the side door will have a rack for the twins so I just sit down to kit/dekit - no carrying it about.  Room to sleep in on long dive trips.  Shower, cooker, fridge.  Hang on, this is turning into a motorhome...
 

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There's good news...and bad news.

The good news is that the head gasket is fine!  Hooray!


The bad news is that the cylinder head is cracked.


Double pants.  They are like rocking horse poo.

I need a cylinder head "H23A3" for a 2.3 litre Rover 623 or Honda Accord.  Anyone got a spare one? LOL!



And the Mondeo's gone too.  But I can borrow the Escort Van for diving!  What do you reckon Doug, is a van a good idea???
 
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